Brandi Disterheft
Justin Time Records

Bassist Brandi Disterheft’s third record presents her first star-studded ensemble, with trumpeter Sean Jones and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring as lead horns (Anne Drummond is the flutist) and a rhythm section of drummer Gregory Hutchinson and pianist Renee Rosnes astride her bass. Her tunes make good use of this formidable sextet, beginning with a “Blues for Nelson Mandela” which features her Mingus-ian pluck and thwack after Rosnes and Hutchinson provide a memorable intro that is stately and snazzy at the same time.

A native of Vancouver, B.C., Disterheft is an artist of obvious ambition, and she scores as a player and composer. Regarding the latter role, her “Portrait of Duke” is a suite-like gem that perceptively explores various aspects of Ellingtonia. But her vocal covers range from dull (“But Beautiful”) to dreadful (a clueless, choppy, emotionally detached rendition of the Les McCann-Eddie Harris workout “Compared to What”).

Originally published in November 2012


  • Dec 05, 2012 at 01:34PM Coltrane

    You are completely wrong about her vocals. This is a talent that deserves attention. There is not a bass player in the world who can play in the pocket and sing sexy sultry love songs to political anthems like her. If you need help falling asleep go listen to someone else.

  • Dec 05, 2012 at 02:05PM Loretta Redmond

    I recently saw Brandi Disterheft and her band at Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in NYC. I was pleasantly surprised by this amazing artist. The audience was blown away by the music and even the typically not interested bartender asked me who she was. it was a great night and if you have the chance go and see her. I bought the CD and have been listening to it ever since...BTW her vocals were not disappointing at all but added to the variety and pure wow of her perfomance.

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